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Black Monuments Matter: A Virtual Exhibition of Sub-Saharan Architecture
Black Monuments Matter recognises and highlights African contributions to world history by exhibiting World Heritage Monuments and architectural treasures from Sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, this exhibition sweeps away ideas based on racist theories and hopes to contribute to both awareness of African identity and pride of African Heritage.
Sites and monuments are physical representations of histories, heritage, and developments in society. This exhibition aims to display the diversity and richness of African cultures as part of world history through the study of African Monuments; bringing awareness and pride of African roots and contributions to other cultures.
African cultures suffered extensively from slavery from the 16th to the 19th Century, and during the acceleration of European colonisation through the 19th and early 20th Century. Black Monuments Matter aspires to create links to living African heritage by making it visible, assessable, and known to as many people as possible.
Many of Africa’s monuments are protected by UNESCO and have been given world heritage status. They are also protected and supported by national heritage authorities and by the support of international organisations such as the World Monument Fund and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Through an approach founded on the latest knowledge and technology, this special private view event will offer Knowledge Quarter staff an opportunity to learn more about the glorious monuments and sites of African heritage and black cultures across Sub Saharan Africa.
Presented in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University in London, and the Zamani Project at the University of Cape Town.